JahYu – the Korean word for ‘freedom’ – is an artist whose music is rooted in the notion of freedom: freedom of sound, freedom of expression, freedom from mind and freedom of the soul. JahYu uses his creative freedom to connect directly with his ancestors and create music that somehow transports the listener through time and space. Oriental flute and string melodies slide effortlessly amongst powerful roots-based dubstep, creating a sound that is unique and full of flavour.
The enigmatic Korean-German producer blends both sides of his heritage, the digital steppas that emerged from Europe in the 1990’s alongside the traditional oriental music of his mother’s homeland – Korea – augmented by a deeper exploration of contemporary bass music.
It is said that JahYu’s family descend from the same lineage of Go Jumong, the founder of the great Goguryeo Kingdom of the Far East, a people renowned for their ancestral worship and unique musical expression. Goguryeo music was even adopted as the official court music for the powerful Sui and Tang dynasties of China. Many times throughout history these Chinese dynasties were at war with Goguryeo. However, the music of the enemy – Goguryeo – was still able to flourish in China and has been consistently performed across Asia for hundreds of years. Perhaps this explains the majestic qualities of JahYu’s music. His productions provide us with the opportunity to discover our ancestral roots through music. Roots music is not a sound, it is a feeling and a feeling that JahYu is able to evoke with profound intensity.
“A perfect fusion of meditative Eastern instrumentation with 21st century sound-system vibration.” – MIXMAG Magazine, May 2012
Tripedal Crow Records – Label Info
Known for his stellar dub music released on highly respected labels such as Steppas Records and the Trigram series, JahYu extended his love for dub and dubstep music through his “Tripedal Crow” imprint which he established in 2015. With this new endeavour he allowed himself to transport the balance of earth-shaking bass, drums and authentic melodies – a universal sound that is rootikal, conscious, diverse and specifically made for sound systems.
The Tripedal Crow symbolizes the sun in ancient Korean history and goes peacefully with Roots & Culture. To keep the message in the music and the music in the message, it contains an essence of both Asian and Rastafarian culture rooted in the idea of unity. Each release also holds the delicate balance of the soft Yin and the hard Yang: with the latter taking the tone of the spiritual, while the Yin provides the entertaining and appeasing tone.